Psychology Internship Training

Application and Interview Process

Below is information regarding the application and interview procedures for the University of Mississippi Medical Center Psychology Internship Training Program.

Eligibility

Doctoral students in APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology programs, who have accrued a minimum of 500 hours of documented, psychologist supervised direct client contact hours through a combination of therapy and assessment experience as verified by the training director of the doctoral program, are eligible to apply to the internship program. All coursework required for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of internship, as well as any qualifying, comprehensive, or preliminary doctoral examinations.

We prefer candidates whose doctoral dissertations will be completed, or at least well under way, before the beginning of the internship year. In addition, we are interested in applicants who desire to become licensed psychologists and practice psychology in academic and other clinical research settings.

Applicants who are not currently registered in a clinical or counseling psychology PhD program must include a letter from the director of a clinical or counseling program stating that their training and practicum have been equivalent to a PhD program in clinical or counseling psychology. As an equal opportunity training program, the internship welcomes and strongly encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, age, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, disability or other minority status.

Application procedure

We utilize the AAPI Online. The program application can be completed online at www.appic.org. Applicants are required to submit: 1) a completed AAPI, 2) three letters of recommendation, 3) a current Vita, and 4) a transcript from all graduate programs attended. No additional materials are required. The application deadline is Nov. 1.

Although most of our applicants who have been offered internship slots have visited Mississippi, face-to-face interviews are not mandatory (i.e., interns have been selected without an interview). However, past interns have stressed the importance of the interview in their decision to select the UMMC psychology internship program.

Also, the selection committee would very much like to have the opportunity to meet prospective candidates. After we receive your application and letters from your mentors, we will let you know if you have been selected for an interview. Once you are selected, you will be assigned to a team of interns who will be responsible for coordinating your interview and assisting you in finding a place for you to stay while visiting Jackson. Also, please make every effort to introduce yourself to a faculty member while at upcoming conferences such as ABCT. We would like to be able to put a face to a name.

For more information

  • Crystal Lim, PhD
    Director, Psychology Internship (Residency) and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs
    Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychology
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216-4505
    (601) 984-5855

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

  • Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
    American Psychological Association
    750 First St., NE
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 336-5979
    www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Notification of acceptance

As a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the University of Mississippi Medical Center Psychology Internship Program abides by the APPIC Policy on Internship Offers and Acceptances, and participates in the APPIC computer-matching program. No person at this facility will offer, solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information regarding any intern applicant.

Program administrator

Program administrator Kristin Herbison is invaluable to our internship program. She is our contact person and keeps us all running on schedule. Email her for information about the program, the application process or with general questions about the program.